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J Korean Surg Soc. 2012 Nov;83(5):325-9. doi: 10.4174/jkss.2012.83.5.325. Epub 2012 Oct 29.

Bowel infarction due to intestinal mucormycosis in an immunocompetent patient.

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Department of Surgery, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Cheongju, Korea.


Mucormycosis is a fatal opportunistic fungal infection that typically occurs in immunocompromised patients. The classical manifestation of mucormycosis is a rhinocerebral infection, and although primary gastrointestinal infection is uncommon, it has an extremely high mortality rate in immunocompromised patients. Furthermore, cases of gastrointestinal mucormycosis in an immunocompetent host are rarely reported. Here, we describe our experience of a male patient, with no underlying disease, who succumbed to a bowel infarction caused by intestinal mucormycosis during mechanical ventilatory care for severe pneumonia and septic shock.


Bowel; Immunocompetence; Infarction; Mucormycosis

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